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NYC Balalaika Duo. Photo by www.GoshaArt.com
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Photos with Eith Elina Karokhina, Irina Zagornova and Leonid Bruk, Queens, New York, October 13, 2018

Irina Zagornova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, photo credit Yuriy Balan Irina Zagornova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, photo credit Yuriy Balan Irina Zagornova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, photo credit Yuriy Balan
New York Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Photo credit Yuriy Balan New York Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Photo credit Yuriy Balan New York Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Photo credit Yuriy Balan
Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, photo credit Yuriy Balan Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Photo credit Yuriy Balan Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Photo credit Yuriy Balan
Photos of Russian garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, Ensemble Barynya, New York, photo credit Yuriy Balan Photos of Russian garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, Ensemble Barynya, New York, photo credit Yuriy Balan Photos of Russian garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, Ensemble Barynya, New York, photo credit Yuriy Balan

01-23-2020. "From Russians With Love", Concert with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 Elina Karokhina, and Mikhail Smirnov performed joined concert titled "FROM RUSSIANS WITH LOVE" with Charleston Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Yuriy Bekker. Program of performance: Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “ Polonaise ” from Eugene Onegin, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Modest Mussorgsky, (arr. Nikolai Rimsky - Korsakov) Night on Bald Mountain, Stravinsky's Firebird Infernal Dance Berceuse Finale, Aram Khachaturian's “Sabre Dance“ from Gayane, Nikolai Rimsky - Korsakov “Flight of the Bumble Bee” from Tale of Tsar Saltan, Russian Folk Song "Oche Chiornie" (Dark Eyes), arr. Carmen Dragon, Lionel Bart, arr. John Bachalis “ From Russia With Love “ from James Bond: From Russia With Love, Maurice Jarre, arr. Bill Holcombe “Laura’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago, Russian Folk Song "Kalinka", Russian Folk Song "Kamarinskaiya", Russian Folk Song "Valenki", Russian Folk Song "Korobushka", Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Finale” from Symphony No . 4 in F minor, Op. 36.

From Russians With Love, Concert with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Gaillard Center, South Carolina
Barynya Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, From Russians With Love, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, South Carolina
Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, From Russians With Love, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Gaillard Center, South Carolina

Emirates-Russian Week, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Musicians of Barynya ensemble provided several thirty minute performances during Emirates-Russian Week at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The most important guest of the Emirates-Russian Week were Russian president Vladimir Putin as well as United Arab Emirates' Prime minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kempinski Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates-Russian Week
Barynya Russian Balalaika Trio, Kempinski Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates-Russian Week, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya
Russian Balalaika Trio, Kempinski Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates-Russian Week

Koinonia Christian Fellowship, Bloomingdale, Canada

Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov played during Svet Ministries Event at the Koinonia Christian Fellowship in Bloomingdale, Canada on Saturday, October 26, 2019 a program of Russian and Russian-Gypsy traditional music. Performance took place at the Koinonia Christian Fellowship, 850 Sawmill Rd, Bloomingdale, ON N0B 1K0, Canada.

Svet Ministries Event, Koinonia Christian Fellowship event, Bloomingdale, Canada
Russian Balalaika Trio, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya, Bloomingdale, Canada (near Toronto), Svet Ministries Event, Koinonia Christian Fellowship
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Public concert at the Untermyer Park in Yonkers, New York on August 22nd, 2020

First public performance of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya after the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic took place on Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 at the Untermyer Park in Yonkers, New York. Exact address of the venue: Untermyer Park and Gardens, 945 N Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. Cast of ensemble Barynya included Mikhail Smirnov (artistic director, founder, garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika virtuoso), Leonid Bruk (balalaika contrabass), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), Vladimir Nikitin (dancer), Valentina Kvasova (dancer, vocals), Russian-Gypsy singer Natasha Stolichnaya, Frida Anuarbek (keyboard, vocals), Maryia Zhukovich (dancer), Katsiaryna Mileuskaya, and Veronika Hunko.

Ensemble Barynya, artistic director Mikhail Smirnov, суббота, 22-ое августа 2020 года, парк Унтермаер, Антермайер Парк энд Гарденс, город Янкерс, штат Нью-Йорк, Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Vladimir Nikitin, Elena Notkina, Veronika Hunko, Maryia Zhukovich, Natasha Stolichnaya, Valentina Kvasova, Konstantin Tulinov, Frida Anuarbek
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Vladimir Nikitin, Elena Notkina, Veronika Hunko, Maryia Zhukovich, Natasha Stolichnaya, Valentina Kvasova, Konstantin Tulinov, Frida Anuarbek

Первый публичный концерт ансамбля "Барыня" после начала эпидемии КОВИД-19 состоялся в субботу, 22-ого августа 2020 года в Антермаер парке города Янкерс (штат Нью-Йорк). Untermyer Park and Gardens (остатки поместья Сэмюэля Дж. Унтермайера "Грейстон") - исторический городской общественный парк площадью 43 акра, расположенный в Йонкерсе, штат Нью-Йорк, в округе Вестчестер, к северу от Манхаттена. На концерте было примерно пятьдесят человек зрителей (строго по пригласительным билетам). Вся публика была в масках. Люди сидели друг от друга на расстоянии в шесть футов (примерно два метра). Прямая трансляция выступления шла для остальных подписчиков этой концертной серии через Фейсбук и YouTube. Басист ансамбля Леонид Брук (Leonid Bruk) записал видео выступления. Благодаря ему концерт можно посмотреть полностью от начала до конца.

Ensemble Barynya, artistic director Mikhail Smirnov, суббота, 22-ое августа 2020 года, парк Унтермаер, Антермайер Парк энд Гарденс, город Янкерс, штат Нью-Йорк, Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, Elena Notkina, Natasha Stolichnaya, Frida Anuarbek, Maryia Zhukovich, Vladimir Nikitin, Elina Karokhina, Konstantin Tulinov, Katsiaryna Mileuskaya, Valentina Kvasova, Veronika Hunko
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, Elena Notkina, Natasha Stolichnaya, Frida Anuarbek, Maryia Zhukovich, Vladimir Nikitin, Elina Karokhina, Konstantin Tulinov, Katsiaryna Mileuskaya, Valentina Kvasova, Veronika Hunko

Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, North Carolina

On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, two dancers and two musicians of Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya proided dance and music workshop with questions and answers from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and formal performance from 12:00PM to 1PM at the Cumberland Hall Auditorium on Fayetteville campus Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303. Students learn facts about Russia, and asked questions about Russian Culture and e njoy traditional Russian folk dances, music, and songs performed on garmoshka, and balalaika. Cast of performers: dancer Alisa Egorova, singer Mikhail Smirnov, balalaika player Elina Karokhina, and dancer Sergey Tsyganok.

Russian dancers in North Carolina, Ensemble Barynya, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Alisa Egorova, Sergey Tsyganok, Cumberland Hall Auditorium, Fayetteville Campus, Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Russian dancers in North Carolina, Ensemble Barynya, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Alisa Egorova, Sergey Tsyganok, Cumberland Hall Auditorium, Fayetteville Campus, Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303

Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019, St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, Dexter, Michigan

Dancers, singers, and musicians of Barynya ensemble provided several performances during 7th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019 that was taking place on the gounds of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Dexter, Michigan on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, 2019. Cast: Alisa Egorova (dancer), Serhiy Tsyganok (dancer), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), Simona Zhukovski (dancer), balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov.

Photo credit Jenna Kieser | jkieser@mlive.com
Dexter, Michigan, Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019, Mikhail Smirnov, Photo credit Jenna Kieser | jkieser@mlive.com
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Wedding at the 26 Bridge, downtown Brooklyn, Friday, September 13th, 2019

Dancers, singers, and musicians of Barynya ensemble provided 30 min show during Russian-American wedding reception at the 26 Bridge in downtown Brooklyn on Friday, September 13th, from 8pm to 8:30pm. Exact address of the venue: 26 Bridge, 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, New York. The program of performance included Russian folk dance "Kalinka", Russian folk song "Korobushka", Russian Gypsy dance "Mardzhandzha", Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak", Jewish wedding dance with candle, Jewish Bottle Dance, Csardas by Vittorio Monti, and Russian folk song "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (Светит месяц).

Russian dancers Brooklyn, 26 Bridge, 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, New York  11201, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Alisa Egorova, Serhiy Tsyganok

Faith Food & Fellowship Festival, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, E.Meadow, Long Island

On Saturday, August 31st, 2019 ensemble Barynya (Leonid Bruk, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov) provided three hours performance during Faith Food and Fellowship Festival-2019 at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow, Long Island from 12 to 3pm. The program of performance included Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Moldavian, Tatar, Jewish and Gypsy folk songs, music and dancing.

Faith Food and Fellowship Festival-2019, August 31st, 2019, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (East Meadow, New York), 369 Green Ave East Meadow, New York, Russian garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, photo credit Ilene Schuss, www.facebook.com/ilene.schuss
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Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, Colorado

Russian dancers, singers and musicians of ensemble Barynya performed 90 min concert at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Lone Tree, Colorado on Saturday, March 9th, 2019. Cast of Barynya ensemble included dancers Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, Vladimir Nikitin, Olga Chpitalnaia, Katia Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Alisa Egorova, and musicians Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals). Dancers performed Moldavian dance, Sailors' dance, Barynya, Kalinka, Hopak, Danila Cooper, Jewish wedding dances (Bottle dance, Candle dance), Siberian, Gypsy, Cossack, and other selections. Exact address of the venue: Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO 80124.

Ensemble Barynya, Colorado, Russian dancers, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO 80124, Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, Vladimir Nikitin, Olga Chpitalnaia, Katia Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Alisa Egorova, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Ensemble Barynya, Colorado, Russian dancers, Lone Tree Arts Center, Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, Vladimir Nikitin, Olga Chpitalnaia, Katia Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Alisa Egorova, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Concert at the Freeport High School in Freeport, New York, October 13th, 2018

On Saturday, October 13th, 2018 ensemble Barynya performed 90 min concert sponsored by Freeport Community Concert Association (FCCA) at the Freeport High School, 50 S Brookside Ave, Freeport, NY 11520. Cast of Barynya ensemble included Vladimir Nikitin, Irina Zagornova, Leonid Bruk, Valentina Kvasova, Alexander Rudoy, Simona Zhukovski, Serhiy Tsyganok, Irina Biryukova, Konstantin Tulinov, Olga Yeliseyeva, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ilia Pankratov, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, and Mikhail Smirnov.

Russian Dance, Song and Music ensemble Barynya, Artistic Director Mikhail Smirnov, Saturday, October 13, 2018, Freeport High School, Freeport Community Concert Association, FCCA, Freeport, Long Island, New York, photo credit Yuriy Balan, Valentina Kvasova, Alexander Rudoy, Simona Zhukovski, Serhiy Tsyganok, Irina Biryukova, Konstantin Tulinov, Olga Yeliseyeva, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ilia Pankratov, Vladimir Nikitin, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Irina Zagornova, Alisa Egorova
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Anyway Cafe, New York City

On Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 8 to 11pm two musicians of Barynya ensemble Elina Karokhina (balalaika), and Mikhail Smirnov (vocal, guitar) played for 3 hours at the Anyway Cafe in East Village, Manhattan. Exact address: Cafe Anyway NYC, 34 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003-8909. Phone: (212) 533-3412. Elina and Mikhail played a mix of some modern popular songs, classical pieces, Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewisjh, Gypsy popular and traditional songs and instrumental numbers on balalaika, garmoshka, and guitar. Music selections included Sabre Dance from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian, The Hungarian Dance Number 5 (German: Ungarische Tanze) by Johannes Brahms, Csardas by Vittorio Monti, Paganini's Caprice No. 24, Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Polonaise No. 13 in A minor, "Pozegnanie Ojczyzny" (Farewell to the Fatherland) by Michal Oginski, Libertango by Astor Piazzolla, J.S. Bach - Suite No. 2 - Badinerie (Joke), Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the Style of Tartini. Composer, Kreisler, Fritz, Marie-Auguste Massacrie-Durand Valse No.1, Op.83 (First Waltz), "Moscow Nights", "Kalinka", "Long Road", "Two Guitars", "Meadowlands", Andreev's Waltz "Daydreams", Russian folk dance "Kamarinskaya", "Somewhere My Love" from "Dr. Zhivago" movie, "The Moon Is Shining Brightly", "The Peddlers", "Yablocko", "Ural Mountains Dance", "Angry Husband", Onegin's Name Day Waltz, Mozart's "Turkish Rondo", "Dark Eyes", "Gypsy Roma Medley", Shostakovich's Waltz #2, "Chardash", Balalaika Medley, "Valenki" (Felt Boots).

Manhattan Russian Music Duo, Balalaika, Garmoshka, Guitar, singers, Anyway Cafe, East Village, Cafe Anyway NYC, 34 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003-8909,  Phone (212) 533-3412, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina

Deity Events & Weddings, downtown Brooklyn, August 2019

On Saturday, August 31st, 2019 musicians of Barynya ensemble Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contranass-balalaika), and Mikhail Smirnov (vocal, guitar) provided music for mixed Russian-Jewish-Catholic-American wedding reception in downtown Brooklyn (Deity Events & Weddings, 368 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217). Alex, Leonid and Mikhail played mix of Russian Gypsy popular and traditional songs and instrumental numbers on balalaika, balalaika-contrabass, and guitar.

Russian Music Trio, Alex Siniavski, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Deity Events & Weddings, 368 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11217
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BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, July 2018

Valley Forge Casino Resort, BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference of Balalaika and Domra Association of America Orchestra, King Of Prussia, Pennnsylvania, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 16, 2018

Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival in Astoria, Queens, April 2018

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 during performance of ensemble Barynya at the Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival on Steinway Street (between Broadway & 31st Avenue) in Astoria, Queens. Dancers: Vladimir Nikitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Alisa Egorova. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocals), Gypsy Boulevard Vasily Romani (singer, 7 string Russian guitar).

Ensemble Barynya, Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival, Astoria, Queens, Vladimir Nikitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Gypsy Boulevard Vasily Romani
Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival in Astoria, Queens

Russian Birthday party with Cheburashka, Bear, garmoshka, and balalaika

Russian Birthday party with dancing Bear, live garmoshka and balalaika, famous Russian Soviet Birthday song "Пусть бегут неуклюже пешеходы по лужам" composed by Vladimir Shainsky as well as appearance of the Cheburashka, as well as traditional Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Tatar, Jewish and Gypsy dancing took place near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. Happy Birthday, Yura!

Russian dancers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alisa Egorova, Vladimir Nikitin, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina
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Performance at the Garden of Joy Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York, July 9, 2018

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Garden of Joy Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York, July 9, 2018

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin, February 11th, 2018

Ensemble Barynya, Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival led by world celebrated singer Nikolai Massenkoff, performed at LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer, Wisconsin on Sunday, February 11th, 2018. Dancers Simona Zhukovski, Vladimir Nikitin, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals), Stas Vengelevski (bayan). Exact address of the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts is 400 School Street, P.O. Box 337, Spencer, WI 54479. Program of performance included Kalinka, The Moon is Shining, Russkoye Polye, Korobushka, Metelitsa, Tatar dance, Ural Mountain dance, Tyomnaiya Noch', Katyusha, Tatarskiy Taneyts, Kamarinskaia, Along The Pitersakia, Cossack dance, Valenkee, Gypsy dance, Moscow Nights, Ochee Chorniye, Dorogoi Dlinnoyou, Hopak, If I Were A Rich Man, Barynya, Somewhere My Love, and other selections.

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin, Nikolai Massenkoff, Simona Zhukovski, Vladimir Nikitin, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Stas Vengelevski
LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin

University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, October 2017

Olga Douglas, Simona Zhukovski, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Valentina Kvasova, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Ensemble Barynya: Olga Douglas, Simona Zhukovski, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Valentina Kvasova, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Noble Nest, White Lake, New York, October 2017

Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Noble Nest, White Lake, New York
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Lakeside Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York, September 2017

Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Lakeside Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Lakeside Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York
Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Lakeside Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York

Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York, August 19th, 2017

Barynya Russian Song, Music & Dance Ensemble, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov, Simona Zhukovsky, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, Alisa Egorova, Konstantin Tulinov, Serghiy Tshnok. Photos made by Donna Davis, Ms. Davis Photography
Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov, Simona Zhukovsky, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, Alisa Egorova, Konstantin Tulinov, Serghiy Tshnok. Photos made by Donna Davis, Ms. Davis Photography

Russian Adoption Reunion-2017 at the Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove, California, July 22, 2017

Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya performed 30 min concert during Russian Adoption Reunion-2017 event at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, California on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Exact address of the venue: Great Wolf Lodge, 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840. The program of the performance included Russian traditional dance "Barynya", Russian folk button accordion garmoshka (Russian: Гармошка) introduction with traditional Russian song "Saturday Affair" ("Subboteya"), Russian traditional Khorovod song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: "Метелица"), introduction of the Russian traditional string instrument balalaika (instrumental solo of folk tune "Kamarinskaiya" (Russian: "Камаринская"), Cossack marching song and dance "Pri Luzhke", Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candles ("Свечка"), Russian Roma (Romani) Gypsy song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Russian: Очи чёрные - Цыганский), Russian Tongue-Twisters Medley (Russian: "Скороговорки"), Felt Boots ("Валенки"), Ukrainian folk song and dance "Pidmanula" - "You Tricked Me" ("Украинский"), "Sabre Dance" ("Танец с саблями"), Russian folk dance "Kalinka", and other selections.

Lilia Babenko, Elina Karokhina, Alisa Egorova, Mikhail Smirnov, Russian Adoption Reunion-2017, Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove, California

Corporate event at the Siberian Floors NYC, July 12, 2017

Leny Kushnir, Vladimir Nikitin, Dinara Subaeva, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Alexandre Tsytlin, Elina Karokhina, Siberian Floors NYC, July 12, 2017

Matryoshka Festival, Clinton, Massachusetts, Sunday, May 14, 2017

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Matryoshka Festival, Clinton, Massachusetts, Sunday, May 14, 2017 Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Matryoshka Festival, Clinton, Massachusetts, Sunday, May 14, 2017

День Победы в Коннектикуте - Victory Day, Weston, CT, May 2017

День Победы в Коннектикуте, Victory Day Celebration, Weston, CT
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Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, South Carolina, April 8th, 2017

Alla Melnik, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, South Carolina, April 8th, 2017
Concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, South Carolina, April 8th, 2017

Russian festival, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, NY

Ensemble Barynya (from left to right) Andrei Kisselev, Elina Karokhina, Yana Volkova, Alisa Egorova, Aleena Kisselev, Mikhail Smirnov, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, New York
Ensemble Barynya, (from left to right) Andrei Kisselev,  Elina Karokhina, Yana Volkova, Alisa Egorova, Aleena Kisselev, Mikhail Smirnov, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, New York
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Barynya Balalaika Trio in Greenwich, Connecticut (October 2015)

Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Connecticut, October 2015, Russian Balalaika Trio, Greenwich, CT  Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Connecticut, October 2015, Russian Balalaika Trio, Greenwich, CT  Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Connecticut, October 2015, Russian Balalaika Trio, Greenwich, CT  Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Connecticut, October 2015, Russian Balalaika Trio, Greenwich, CT
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Friday, April 4, 2014, Lamoni, Iowa


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Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition "Faberge Revealed", Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013.

Barynya performance at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition Faberge Revealed, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, July 2013, Shawn Fitzgerald Photography
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October 21, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, Selden, New York

Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. Concert October 21st, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, 575 MC Road, Selden, New York
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Georgian dance and Russian Gypsy song & music concert in Yonkers, NY


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June 28th, 2012, Gypsy show in Philadelphia, PA

Gypsy Trio in PA
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Oak View Elementary School, Fairfax, Virginia, March 9th, 2012

NY Balalaika Trio, Elina Karokhina, Boulat Moukhametov, Mikhail Smirnov, Oak View Elementary School, Fairfax, Virginia, March 9th, 2012
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State Capella of Saint Petersburg, St.Petersburg, Russia, February 27, 2012.

State Capella of Saint Petersburg, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
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January 8, 2012, Showcase for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters-2012, New York City

Barynya, APAP|NYC|2012, New York City, January 8th, 2012
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September 17 2011. Wedding at The Garrison (www.thegarrison.com), 1 Snakehill Rd, Garrison, NY 10524.

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov. Photo by Leonid Bruk
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Lake Side Adult Care, Brooklyn, New York, August 17th 2011

trio Barynya performance in Brooklyn, NY, August 2011
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July 19th, 2011, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, New York

Musicians and dancers of ensemble Barynya performed one hour concert on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at the New Rochelle Public Library located at One Library Plaza, New Rochelle, New York 10801. Cast of performers included Mikhail Smirnov, Alexey Maltsev, and Valentina Kvasova. Company performed mix of Russian, Siberian Nanai, Cossack, Gypsy, Ukrainian and Jewsh songs, dances, and music. Photo by Teena Miller.

Ensemble Barynya, Russian garmoshka player Mikhail Smirnov, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, New York, Photo credit Teena Miller
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Troika Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania. Memorial day 2011.

Mikhail Smirnov, Alexander Menshikov, Valentina Kvasova, Barynya, Erie, Pennsylvania, Troika Festival, Church of the Nativity
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Ensemble Barynya in San Antonio, Texas, May 8, 2011.

Alexey Maltsev, Alexander Rudoy, Anna Brovkina, Olga Chpitalnaia, Mikhail Smirnov. Ensemble Barynya, San Antonio, Texas, May 2011
Alexey Maltsev, Alexander Rudoy, Anna Brovkina, Olga Chpitalnaia, Mikhail Smirnov. Texas, May 8 2011. Click to see all photos by Ken Mahnke.

Friday, March 11th, Old York Road Temple - Beth Am, Abington, Pennsylvania

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Abington, PA, March 2011
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January 26, 2011, school assembly in Brooklyn, New York

Multicultural school assembly. Russian dance and music, dance workshop. January 26, 2011, Brooklyn, New York
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January 30th, 2011, Wedding at the Grand Marquis, Old Bridge, New Jersey

MC Misha
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Performance during basketball game NJ NETS vs Utah JAZZ on January 19th, 2011 at the Prudential Center arena in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Russian band NJ NETS January 19, 2011
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December 2010, TMPlaza, Hong Kong, China

Barynya in Hong Kong
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December 16th, 2010 Russian consulate NYC, New York, USA

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk and singer Irina Zagornova at the RUSAL USA corporate party.

Barynya at the Russian Consulate NYC
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Photos from ensemble Barynya's concert tour in Florida. December 2010.

Ensemble Barynya tour in Florida, December 2010
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Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 2010 Ball “An Evening Under the Tsars”
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH

Barynya Cincinnati Ohio 2010
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Saturday, August 14th, 2010, Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York

Mikhail Smirnov
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50th Birthday Party - Russian Sailors' Theme. July 17th, 2010, Lake Ozark, Missouri

Mikhail Smirnov, Lake Ozark, Missouri, July 2010
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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010, Washington DC
Concert at the Naval Research Laboratory

Barynya in Washington D.C.
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Friday, June 18, 2010, New York City

Krushka and Bochka KVASS, Barynya, Alexander Rudoy, Olga Chpitalnaia, Mikhail Smirnov
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"Superstars of Dance", NBC, 2009

Mikhail Smirnov, photo from TV.com website

Mikhail Smirnov with producer and judges of the show Superstars of Dance, NBC, 2009

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala
National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA

Mikhail Gorbachev's Liberty Medal Award Gala 2008

April 9, 2010, Toronto, Canada

Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada
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April 2010, Anyway cafe, New York City

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Anyway Cafe, New York City, 2010
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March 5, 2010, Boston, Massachusetts

Barynya in Boston, Massachusetts
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February 2010, Winter Tour in Chicago, Illinois

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February 2010, Russian Winter Festival in Albany, New York

Barynya, Russian Winter Festival, Albany, New York
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Barynya, February 2010, Russian Winter Festival, Albany, New York
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Los Angeles, California, November 14th, 2009
Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

Barynya, Los Angeles, California, November 2009
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Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center, Ada, Oklahoma, October 28, 2009
Concert with a legendary Russian folk singer Nikolai Massenkoff

Nikolai Massenkoff and Barynya
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New Providence Public Library, New Providence, NJ, October 11th, 2009

Russian music and dance concert in New Jersey
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Van Nostrand Theatre, Brentwood, New York, October 4, 2009

Barynya concert on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at  Suffolk County Community College, Van Nostrand Theatre, Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, New York
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Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 2009

Natasha Gunder (violin) and Mikhail_smirnov (garmoshka), Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 2009
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Mexico, Chihuahua, 5th International Festival-2009.

Barynya Tour 2009 Mexico
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Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada, July 2009

Barynya at the Festival International des Rythmes du Monde, Chicoutimi (Quebec), Canada July 2009
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Wayne Elementary School, 651 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087, May 20, 2009

Mikhail Smirnov at Wayne Elementary School, Wayne, PA
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International Folk Fair Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 2009

Photos from the International Folk Fair Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, March 2009
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February 28, 2009. Russian Winter Festival in Albany, New York

Russian Winter Festival in Albany, New York
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Photos from the Petroushka Ball 2009 in New York City

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra at the Petroushka Ball 2009 New York City
Barynya balalaika orchestra at the Petroushka Ball 2009 New York City

Slavic Festival in Eugene, Oregon, February 2009

Ensemble Barynya performs the dance of Russian Nobility "Danila Cooper" during Slavic Festival in Eugene, Oregon. February 2009.
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Brooklyn, New York, November 22, 2008


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PENN STATE UNIVERSITY TOUR 2008

Mikhail Smirnov
Ensemble Barynya Penn State University Tour 2008 (photos)

MIDWEST TOUR 2008

Barynya midwest tour 2008
Barynya midwest tour 2008 album 01
Barynya midwest tour 2008
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Colchester Cenior Center, Colchester, CT, September 11, 2008

Russian Duo CT, Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov
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Russian Federation Embassy Estate USA. August 30, 2008

Barynya at the Russian Federation Embassy Estate USA
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Russian party in New York City, August 14, 2008.

Russian Party in New York City
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New York Russian Radio Station City Radio 540AM
Festival of Russian music, dance and culture, May 2008

Barynya @ Russian Radio concert in New York
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Windsor Terrace Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, May 2008.

Alexey Maltsev, Valentina Kvasova, Leonid Bruk, Lev Zabeginsky, Mikhail Smirnov
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Photos by Dalia Bagdonaite from Zhenya Shevchenko and ensemble Barynya concert and rehearsal on Saturday, January 26, 2008 in New York City

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Russian Father Frosts and Snow Maidens. December 2007
Barynya gig for TV Chanel RUSSIA TODAY, New York City

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Barynya in Toronto, Canada, December 2007

Barynya in Toronto, Canada, December 2007

Slavic Cultural Festival Sept 29, 2007 McLean, VA

Ensemble Barynya September 29, 2007 McLean, VA
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Cleveland Jewish News.com, April 2007

Russian music and dance in Ohio
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OLD PHOTOS

My grandfather Mikhail Egorovich Smirnov (killed during WWII), my father Viktor Mikhailovich Smirnov (died in 1998), me in Russian village of Zelentsevo, Valdai, Russia, my mother Nina Vasilievna Smirnova with my sister Svetlana and me in 1972.

My grand father who was killed at WWII My father Viktor Mikhailovich Smirnov (died in 1998) Village of Zelentsevo, Valdai, Russia my mother Nina Vasilievna Smirnova with my sister Svetlana and me in 1972

CONTACT INFORMATION

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